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for aaa. >> reporter: shannon woods got stuck with three kids and had to be rescued. >> everybody's fine. we made it out safely. >> reporter: a rhode islandesident captured the pounding there. the drenching region wide. a massive storm system moving through the mid-atlantic to the northeast into new england. in frederick, maryland, a collapsed roof at a construction company, no one hurt. visible beach erosion in the carolinas where locals sandbagged. virginia was especially hard hit on tuesday. rivers quickly swelling, firefighters making door-to-door safety checks. students at james madison university finding the silver lining. wild wet weather along the east coast days ahead of a threatening hurricane hurricane. ron mott, nbc news, boston. we turn to a story breaking late this afternoon. another apparent scandal for the secret service. this time reaching all the way to the top levels of the agency's leadership. new report finds the secret service assistant director ordered a leak of information to embarrass a congressman in retaliation for his
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aggressive investigations int agency misconduct. nbc's kristen welker has late details. >> reporter: a devastating report for an agency trying to make a comeback. tonight, the homeland security department's inspector general said scores of u.s. secret service employees improperly accessed ed ed agency records of congressman jason chaffetz's 2003 application to join the secret service. he applied then to become an agent and was turned down. chaffetz is the chairman of the house oversight committee and was leading the investigation into a series of recent scandals at the agency. an investigation that continues today. the report said the actions of the secret service employees could be criminal. tonight, chaffetz reacted. >> digesting it shocked and surprised. >> reporter: according to the report the assistant director of the secret service wrote in a march e-mail to a colleague some information that chaffetz might find embarrassing needs to get out just to be fair. the report also found employees accessed chaffetz's old job application only 18 minutes after the
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start of a march congressional hearing he was leading about the latest secret service scandal. his unsuccessful application was then reported a few days later in the daily beast. >> it's scary. if they would do this to me, i just shutter to think what they might be doing to other people. >> reporter: this latest embarrassment comes as the agency was rebuilding after a series of black eyes. in 2012 several agents were dismissed after soliciting prostitutes during an official presidential strip in colombia. last september a man jumped over the white house fence and made it all the way inside the executive mansion. this past march two senior agents ran into a security barrier after drinking at a retirement party. a major step back after earning high praise from the president for protecting the pope. >> i wanted to mak a special commendation of our secret service. >> reporter: late tonighsecret service secretary apologized
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to jason chaffetz and those responsible should be held accountable. joe clancy according to the r didn't know this was going on. lester. >> kristen welker tonight. thank you. a stunning turn today in syria. russian air strikes coming just two days after the war in syria was topic a for president obama and putin at the u.n. but the question this evening is whether russia is targeting isis or syrian rebels supported by the u.s. adding to anxiety surrounding one of the most dangerous places on earth. here's senior white house correspondent chris jansing. >> reporter: thick black smoke billowing the skiesver syria. death and destruction on the ground after russian air strikes opened a dangerous new phase in an already-complicated and bloody war. >> this kind of action by the russians is ill advised and will backfire. that approach i tantamount to pouring gasoline on the fire. >> reporter: vladimir putin today saying the target is isis. russia releasing a video claiming
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terrorist targets were derod. but theeal target appearso be opponents of syrian president assad, russia's ally, a direct challenge to the u.s. which wants assad out. >> strikes of that kind would question russia's real intentions fighting isil or protecting the assad regime. >> reporter: comes just two days after this visibly frosty meeting at the u.n. president obama and putin agreeing to coordinate military action in syria. but the u.s. got just an hour's notice today with a russian official bizarrely knocking on the door of the u.s. embassy in baghdad with the news. >> this emasculates american influence there. there's nothing we can do now. >> reporter: critics of the u.s. strategy pounced. >> into the wreckage, into the wreckage of this administration's middle east policy has now stepped vladimir putin. >> reporter: u.s. officials say they aren't surprised given russia's aggressive military buildup in recent weeks to bolster the assad government. >> it's been
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collapsing. he's trying to prop it up. i think that's hardly someone who's in a strong position. >> reporter: already the syrian war has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and sent even more fleeing. now russia has raised the stakes further with dangerous and unpredictable consequences. all this has the administration just really reeling. late today secretary of state john kerry met with his russian counterpart in a meeting not on the schedule but lasted for an hour. as one high ranking congressional democrat just told me, it's hard to put a positive spin on a situation that is very clearly alarming. lester. >> chris jansing at the white house. thanks. there will be no government shutdown. congress today passed a short-term bill to fund the government open past the midnight deadline. the bill angered some gop lawmakers who wanted to use this must-pass measure to strip planned parenthood of its federal funding. tonight we're getting a look at a new batch of e-mails from hillary clinton's days as secretary of state
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but that may be overshadowed by news concerning the long running benghazi investigation and a comment made by a top republican about how that investigation has hurt hillary clinton politically. and something democrats say has been the goal of the hearings all along. we get the fallout from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: hillary clinton dodging more obstacles, but amidst all the bad publicity over e-mails today an unlikely political lifeline from the likely next speaker, republican kevin mccarthy. saying the committee investigating benghazi and clinton's e-mails was created to destroy her candidacy. >> everybody thought hillary clinton was unbeatable, right? but we put together a benghazi special committee, a select committee. what are her numbers today? her numbers are dropping. why? because she's untrustable. but no one would have known any of that had happened had we not fought and made -- >> i agree. >> reporter: that's exactly what bill clinton has been saying.
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we not want to run against. and then they dribble out stuff. and they attack. >> reporter: hillary clinton with the reverend al sharpton today. >> i think they have really sort of showed their hand. they're really worried about running against me so they want to keep knocking me down. >> reporter: but today the state department under court order released 6,000 pages of e-mails from 2010 and ' 11. 215 now upgraded to be classified but none top secret. in one e-mail clinton jokes to an aide about china hacking the system writing i just checked i have your state but not your gmail. how does that happen? must be the chinese. in another the white house operator doesn't believe she is who she is. she writes, i told him i had no idea what my direct office number was since i didn't call myself. and i just hung up. still to come, four more monthly e-mail releases. october 30th, november 30th, december 31st and january 29th. the last just three days before the iowa caucus.
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and ten days before the new hampshire primary. clinton wil get her chance to testify to that benghazi committee october 22nd. a public hearing she says she welcomes. the committee said tonight its work is driven by the facts. lester. >> andrea, thank you. the vatican now confirms that pope francis secretly met with kim davis during his trip to the u.s. davis is the kentucky clerk who was jailed for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. davis and her husband met with the pope away from the public eye in washington. davis says the pope hugged her and claims he thanked her for her courage. >> still ahead tonight, nearly a year after an nbc news investigation raised questions about a potential health danger lurking on the artificial turf so many of our children play on. why isn't the government answering our questions about it? also, a terrifying landing for this passenger plane and the people on board as the wing scrapes so you're a small business expert from at&t? yeah, give me a problem and i've got the solution. well, we have 30 years of customer records. our cloud can keep them safe
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we're back now with our nbc news investigation that we first reported on last year. and the concern has only continued to grow. a story affecting millions of american families with children playing sports on the most common artificial turf made of ground up tires. when one soccer coach saw players getting cancer, she started keeping a list. and now even more families have come forward in the past year. so we went back to the government to press for answers about what's being done to settle the debate as
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their children safe. nbc's stephanie gosk reports. >> reporter: the list is getting longer. these young faces are all soccer players, all goal keepers, all diagnosed with cancer. coach amy griffin keeps taking names. after we interviewed her last year, her list gathered from around the country has nearly doubled from 34 to 63. 15 have died. they and their families are all concerned that the artificial turves they play on made them sick. many contacted amy after our original story. >> this is the stuff everybody's talking about. i got a bazillion e-mails e-mails, phone calls lots of people said i've always wondered about this. >> reporter: those tiny black dots that get into eyes, ears and even mouths, are ground up car and truck tires called crumb rubber, made up of the same chemicals found in most tires including known carcinogens.
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crumb rubber is used in thousands of fields and playgrounds around the country. austin austin ever ret was one of the first goal keepers on the list. she died three years ago at the age of 25. >> i realized, oh, my god, the thing she loved most probably killed her. >> i don't know how she does it. she doesn't get to be a parent anymore. all you see is life. >> reporter: but no study has ever proven that turf causes cancer. and worried parents looking for guidance from the federal government won't get any. after our series aired, the consumer products safety commission seemed to roll back its own 2008 assessment that crumb rubber is safe. >> safe to play on means something to parents that i don't think we intended to convey. and i don't think we should have conveyed. >> reporter: so what does that mean? is it safe or not? the cpse declined our request for an interview to ask the commissioner. meanwhile, crumb rubber turf companies
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maintain that dozens of existing studies prove their product is not dangerous. laura green is an m.i.t. trained toxicologist who has recently consulted for the industry. >> it's always been true that a carcinogenic gas is used to make tires. but it's never been true, never, that once the tires are made, once they're in use and once they're crumbled that they liberate that or any other carcinogen. >> reporter: the founder of one of the biggest turf companies wants the epa's stamp of approval. >> why can't the epa act? there is more than enough information for them to act. it is time to look at this information and act and put parents' minds to rest. >> reporter: on this point the opposing sides actually agree. the federal government is failing. >> how can they possibly in good conscience not do anything about it?
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it's mind boggling. >> reporter: the epa says more research needs to be done but isn't sponsoring any. we've reached out on more than ten occasions to speak with anyone at the agency about this issue. and we are told no one would talk. the head of the epa according to a spokeswoman just doesn't have time. so w tracked down administrator gina mccarthy ourselves on capitol hill. administrator, is crumb rubber turf safe for our children to play on? >> isorry, i have nothing to say right now. >> reporter: will you at least tell me why you won't talk to us? >> i didn't say i wouldn't talk to you -- >> reporter: that is the response, ma'am. there is new research underway on the state level. california launched a three-year study. and the washington state department of health is looking at coach griffin's numbers. but until she sees new results, the coach says she'll keep going. >> i realize if i drop the ball then everything stops, all the conversations seem to stop. so if i can just keep carrying it forward until someone else picks up the phone, then i guess that's my job otherwise this last year would have
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trump's top-y cret dinr with oprah.o >> could she be his running mate? now on "extra." extra, extra new video. donald and oprah, the new hot ticket for 2016? "extra" breaks news on their undercover meeting. plus, "people" magazine at home with the trumps. would he turn the white house
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into the gold house? maybe touch it up a little bit. the new breakup theory about kaley cuoco. >> did kaley end the marriage over her husband's alleged addiction to painkillers? george clooney on his night in bed with cindy crow sin cindy crawford? >> she's only human. >> how he celebrated his one-year anniversary with amal. >> shootff fireworks? >> you dough things on another level. then john travolta playing matchmaker. plus carol burnett -- >> do you clean these dimples out with a q tip? >> now universal studios hollywood the entertainment capital of l.a. hey, everyone, welcome to "extra," i'm mario lopez. coming up, are sandra bullock and her new boyfriend already moving in together?
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also coming up, mario, kim kardashian revealing her number one pick for the nam of baby number two put kanye doesn't like it. first today donald trump and oprah winfrey for the white house? now that would be incredible. and last night, we uncovered clues it could be in the works. >> he's not talking. >> the dream team, mr. trump, with oprah? >> neither is she. >> two of the most powerful people in america on the same ticket? is trump gunning for oprah as a running mate? new video donald and wife miing dinner at new york's famed polo bar. pressed about his possible pick for vp. >> did you ask her to be your running mate? >> the host who first questioned the billionaire about a possible presidential run back in 1988. >> would you ever? >> i would never want to rule it out. >> refusing to answer speculation about a possible high-level summit. just three months after trump told abc news -- >> i'd love to have oprah. i think we'd win easily actually. >> the trumps' big apple night
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out as " le" magazine splashes the front-runner and family on its cover. inside, rare family photos with 9-year-old son. confessing the campaign is taking a toll. >> i don't have the time i would love to spend with my children and wife. they understand how important it is. >> the seven-page-spread shot inside the multimillion dollar gold plated penthouse he invited me into. >> this is the dining room. >> trump revealing to "people" he might make changes to his next potential residence 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> maybe touch it up a little bit. the white house is a special place. don't want to do too much touching. >> just as the donald makes his highly anticipated return to the no spin zone. the two burying the hatchet -ish. >> you have to change your style and be a bit kinder d more mature mature. is that a fair question? >> well, i think it's fair. i think the word mature is not appropriate. >> but the title president would

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